Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Excess bleeding
- Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
- Blood clots
- A build-up of blood in the wound
- Poor fusion of the bones
- Nerve damage causing pain, numbness, tingling, or paralysis
- Problems with bowel or bladder function
- Injury to other structures, such as the nerves and blood vessels
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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